Homemade Macaroons

Source: The Parkdale Potluck Cookbook
Date tried: March 3, 2014
Yield: 12-24 cookies
Time needed: 20 minutes

For a dessert challenged baker like myself, no-bake cookies are a no-brainer. And macaroons are one of my favorites.  These are very good, but heavy on the cocoa and oatmeal.  I would like to find a recipe that lets the coconut shine through.

The recipe calls for setting the cookies on wax paper, a commodity I seldom have in the house.  I was about to add that to the shopping list when it occurred to me I could probably use the banana leaves that have been sitting in my freezer. Sure enough, once thawed out and softened with coconut oil they worked just fine.

The recipe says 12 to 24 cookies depending on whether you use a tablespoon or teaspoon to spoon them out, but I got nearly 4 dozen using a tablespoon.

Homemade macaroons

Homemade macaroons

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Elisha’s Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Source: The Parkdale Potluck Cookbook
Date tried: August 9/16
Yield: 2 dozen
Time needed: 45 minutes

These are one of the staff-created variations on the basic muffin recipe used by Alternative Grounds, a popular fair-trade coffee roasters in Toronto. Sadly they no longer operate the restaurant where these muffins were served each morning, but the coffee is still available at various local outlets.

This is a very good muffin, moist and tasty. Good call, Elisha!

Elisha's Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Elisha’s Apple Cinnamon Muffins

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Spinach and Feta Phyllo Triangles

Source: The Parkdale Potluck Cookbook
Date tried: December 8, 2012
Yield: About 4 dozen
Time needed: approximately 45 minutes unless you have a helper.

This is a great little snack. I like the fact that the light phyllo pastry does not overwhelm the spinach-feta filling, but lets it shine through. They are wonderful morsels of good taste. For me, the only drawback is that I find the assembly process too finicky and time-consuming if I am working alone. But as long as someone else is making them, these get a thumbs up from me.

Spinach and Feta Phyllo Triangles

Spinach and Feta Phyllo Triangles

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The Parkdale Potluck Cookbook

The Parkdale Potluck Cookbook

I picked this up shortly after moving into Parkdale, a lively neighbourhood on the west edge of Toronto’s downtown.  I found it the first time I visited the farmer’s market in Sorauren Park.

It is a slim volume, less than 70 pages, containing 49 recipes contributed by members of the Parkdale community.

It was published in 2008 as a fundraising project of the Parkdale Activity and Recreation Centre.